Alright people, settle down — there’s nothing to see here. Oh, wait, yeah there is: it’s all going straight to Crazytown in the Republican gubernatorial primary in Florida.
“In short, Bill McCollum is the Tonya Harding of Florida politics,” frontrunner Rick Scott said of his opponent at a press conference yesterday.
This came after Scott was “served with a subpoena — “by a man in a guayabera decorated with a Martini glass” — at the beginning of said press conference.
OK, so what’s going on?Here’s how Tampa TV station WTSP describes the backstory: A doctor formerly employed by Solantic, Scott’s chain of health care clinics, sent McCollum an email alleging mismanagement at Solantic. Team McCollum forwarded it to the state to be investigated. Another ex-Solantic doc filed a lawsuit against the company — which has since been settled, after Scott was deposed.
Now an attorney in Tallahassee, who has made contributions to McCollum’s campaign as well as Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, has filed a lawsuit to try to force Scott to disclose his deposition in the case. The deposition was sealed by a confidentiality agreement.
Scott told reporters at the press conference that he won’t be giving up the deposition, despite what the guayabera-clad man — and McCollum want. “It’s a private matter and I will not release the deposition,” Scott said, according to the Miami Herald.
Check out video of the surprise subpoena, as posted by Politico‘s Ben Smith today: